A few months ago, with the help of Pledgeling, we officially launched our One for One program. For every order of HAH goodies you place, we donate $1 to One Tree Planted to plant one tree in an area that needs it most. So far we have raised about $2500 to plant 2500 trees! However, in celebration of Earth Day this week - we are rounding up our donation to $3000! We are so grateful for this opportunity to show Mother Nature some TLC. Every tree planted spreads seeds of growth that will lead to a cleaner and greener future for generations to come – we can’t think of anything more HAHT than that. Without further ado, let us introduce you to One Three Planted and explain why we decided to join forces and join their movement.One Tree Planted is a badass nonprofit organization focused on global reforestation. Founded in Vermont, they work with reforestation organizations around the globe that need financial support, helping them to #StartSomewhere and get more trees in the ground. For every dollar donated, they plant one tree - it’s that simple and that revolutionary. In 2018, they helped plant 1.3 million trees in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa (take a minute and let that number sink in). They restored 2,500 acres of forest, and supported over 23 species of plants and animals. They even have a live feed telling you who is planting trees and where, so you can see the impact being made right before your eyes. Why is planting trees so important, you might ask? Aside from the fact that trees take our breath away with their beauty, let’s get real for a minute: every two seconds, humans destroy an area of forest the size of a football field. 80% of the world’s forests are already destroyed, and 4 out of every 10 trees planted gets chopped down to make paper products. Deforestation accounts for about 20% of current greenhouse gas emissions, meaning that cutting down trees contributes significantly to global warming – healthy forests actually help to regulate the climate, absorb greenhouse gasses, and stabilize rainfall. Beyond the fact that trees literally purify the air we breathe, forests are also home to 70% of the world’s plants and animals. Deforestation can lead to species extinction, and it’s expected that 28,000 species are expected to become extinct in the next twenty five years due to rapid deforestation (we’re not crying, you’re crying…). The United States has less than 5% of the world’s population, but consumes around 30% of the world’s paper products. Trees work hard to clean the air we breathe and provide homes for the plants and animals we love. They even fight against climate change. It’s time to recognize what forests around the world do to support us, and offer that same support in return.
One Tree Planted offers an opportunity to give back to the planet in a way that will help humans, animals, and the environment thrive for years to come. Our goal for 2019 is growth, in all of its forms, from planting seeds that grow into trees to planting ideas that grow into new ways to support and protect Mother Earth. You already know that your HAH favorites make you look good, but now you can feel even better about your purchase knowing that, with One Tree Planted's help, we’re paying it forward to the environment.